July 23, 2014 Here’s something exciting to mull over before fall arrives. Ones To Watch band Duologue revealed “Drag & Drop,” the first single off their upcoming album, Never Get Lost. Employing sumptuously down-tempo beats and a rhythmic bass refrain, the track - like many Duologue songs - grabs at you with a near Radiohead-like hypnotism. The band has been slowly working its way towards its second album, due out on September 9. For now, hear the track and grab a download above.
January 30, 2014 Listen to Duologue's bonus track from their debut, Song & Dance.
December 19, 2013 Watch Duologue perform “Underworld" live for BalconyTV LA
December 12, 2013 This week, get an exclusive download of Ones To Watch band Duologue's excellent new album, Song & Dance.
December 16, 2013 We take a look back at the year in new music by Ones To Watch artists. We present you with the best Ones To Watch albums of 2013!
October 14, 2013 Here at Ones To Watch, nothing sets us off on happy life tangents more than discovering new music that rocks. Naturally, we jump at any opportunity to do so – which is how we found ourselves in L.A.’s Echo Park for this weekend’s Culture Collide Fest. The fourth annual arts festival thrown by FILTER Magazine featured a lineup of musicians from all around the globe and surprises along the way, including a creative panel kickoff featuring keynote speaker Moby (awesome) and tacos from Iceland (yum). Basically, we were blown away by the amount of talent the world brought. Below are a list of the acts that stood out to us the most. The Men (US) [Photo: Kate Griffin] From Brooklyn, NY, the men of The Men won us over with their fuzzy, post-punk rock sounds they brought to the festival. Their new EP, Campfire Songs, is out today via Sacred Bones Records. The collection of five tracks was literally recorded around a burning fire during the band’s sessions for their 2013 album, New Moon. The Raveonettes (Denmark) [Photo: William Le] The Raveonettes proved they were just as good live as we hoped they’d be. That their latest album, Observator, was recorded in the same studio on Sunset where The Doors recorded many records came as no surprise – this bicoastal duo from Denmark are well on their way to making an even bigger name for themselves in American rock. Bagheera (US) The beginning of Friday night brought one of our earliest finds with Houston DJ, Aidan Kennedy. As Bagheera, his funky, upbeat mix of urban and primitive dance music had the crowd in high spirits for the rest of the evening. Birth of Joy (The Netherlands) One of the buzzbands of Friday night was psychedelic rock trio, Birth of Joy. Their live set had the entire festival talking about the Dutch group, who self-classify as “Sixties on Steroids.” Rhye (US, Denmark, Canada) [Photo: Live on Jimmy Kimmel] Rhye (pronounced like “rye”) has been quite the talk of town lately, and with every good reason. The sublime synthesis of Mike Milosh’s ethereal vocals and Robin Hannibal’s soulful blend of jazz and electronic instrumentals made for a positively cerebral live experience. Their new album, Woman, debuted in May via Republic Records. Kid Karate (Ireland) “Two Boys. Make Noise” reads Kid Karate’s Facebook About section. That is both a truth and an understatement for this rock duo from Dublin, who had the entire floor at The Echo floored from the first few notes of “Heart.” Duologue (UK) Of course we had to make it out and support our favorite guys from the UK, Duologue. Finally having recouped from jetlag, they played a solid live set in the back of a cozy French restaurant which, by the looks of it, garnered a whole new room of fans just in time for the release of their new album, Song & Dance.
October 17, 2013 This week, you’ve been hearing bits and pieces about the CMJ Music Marathon, which New York City is currently smack in the midst of. In spite of the festival’s 1,300-plus acts, we can’t help from fixating on the lineup, which includes established artists like The Dismemberment Plan and Placebo (who played their first show together in six years Tuesday night), as well as countless new and emerging bands. We’re especially excited for the debut performances of several of our own featured artists, including BASECAMP, NONONO and Duologue. As the music marathon continues with today’s College Day (stream it live here) we’ve put together a list of acts playing the festival who you should definitely know about. Check them out below. BASECAMP This emergent trio of producers from Nashville made their CMJ debut at The Bowery last night and will also play three more shows this weekend. In August, their quietly released self-titled EP revealed four stunning songs of downtempo electronic with shades of R&B. Download it for free here and stay tuned for more on the group from Ones To Watch. PAPA L.A. locals Darren Weiss and Daniel Presant’s brand of jingly pop-rock takes its time to grow on the ears: you have to kind of let it slowly swish around your brain before the impact takes. Their debut LP, Tender Madness, has been making impressions this way since it released earlier this month. Stream it on Rdio here. Bishop Nehru This ambitious New Yorker keeps a coolly conscious profile way beyond his years, having already collaborated with J. Dilla at the ripe age of 16. The rapper and producer named himself after Tupac’s character in the 1992 crime film Juice and the former independence leader and Indian prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru. Jonathan Rado For those of you mourning the quick rise and fall of Foxygen, former frontman Jonathan Rado brings the lo-fi, sixties-reminiscent alt-rock sounds to Law and Order, his solo effort which debuted last month. NONONO One of the buzziest premiere bands this CMJ have been Stockholm’s NONONO. Singer Stina Wäppling, a former psychology student at Brighton, teamed up with producers Astma and Rocwell to produce one of this fall’s most elated indie-pop singles,“Pumpin Blood,” which has already spawned countless remixes. Ryan Hemsworth Canadian producer Ryan Hemsworth’s keeps the electronic music quotient guessing with his unique mixing of shoegaze-y samples that touch on hip-hop. You can stream his latest album, Guilt Trips, via Pitchfork here. Torres Torres is 22-year-old singer-songwriter Mackenzie Scott. Based in New York (by way of Nashville, Tennessee), Torres’ ardent, brooding voice translates over into a stirring live show. Her self-released, self-titled LP debuted earlier this year, featuring wonder tracks “Honey” and “Come To Terms.” For more CMJ coverage, stay tuned at Ones To Watch.
October 11, 2013 [Photo: John Gleeson] October 10, 2013 - What’s the formula for creating the next electronic-rock sensation? Of course there isn’t one, but going into hibernation and experimenting seems to have worked for many a band, the latest being London’s emerging electronic outfit, Duologue. For a winter, that’s what songwriter Tim Digby-Bell and fellow musician and programming beats-head Toby Leeming did in an isolated barn in Suffolk, when they first began playing music together. From these experimental beginnings, the duo garnered enough intention and material to round out its membership to a five-piece. This past summer, the band landed spots playing the dance stages at the internationally-renowned Reading and Leeds music festivals, and that was only the beginning. This week, Duologue traveled to the U.S. to promote the release of their debut album, Song & Dance (out this week via Killing Moon). The group is slated to headline tonight’s Culture Collide Festival in Los Angeles, which showcases emerging international musicians at various local venues in the eclectic music enclave of Echo Park. The following week, the group will travel to New York to play at the CMJ Music Marathon. Prior to their Culture Collide performance, Ones To Watch caught Duologue at a private showcase at the Bootleg Theater, where the London rockers unleashed an impressive set of rollicking techno beats and moody instrumental connections. Before the show, we sat down with singer and instrumentalist Tim Digby-Bell, who’d just hopped off a plane the day after the rest of the group arrived. The reason? Digby-Bell is also a playwright (he’s a big Samuel Beckett and Tennessee Williams fan) and was attending a reading for a play he’d written in London. Ones To Watch: How did you all meet each other and form Duologue? Digby-Bell: We were all up in University of Edinburgh. Toby and I – the blonde Toby [there are two in the group] - started jamming together and kind of had a real shared taste in music and wanted to experiment playing with electronics. Toby was playing Detroit techno, I was singing in a pub, then we got together and started messing around. We set up in a barn in Suffolk and just spent a few months freezing our asses off and trying to write music. It was a really slow process and we eventually got material together that we felt was good. Then we felt that what we’d written was too big of a sound for the two of us to play, so that’s when we started thinking about getting other people on board. We got Seb and Ross and the other Toby slowly. We really wanted to take our time with it and make sure it was the best we could be. Ones To Watch: You mentioned you and Toby had similar tastes, so what kind of sound were you going for? Digby-Bell: Well I think the whole idea was we wanted to start with something without a drummer, Tobes is a massive techno head, and we’re both really into electronic and dance music and we wanted to make something that had all those elements – we wanted the energy and the sound palette that you can change up, but then also at the heart of it we wanted to have songs and songwriting and the singer and lyrics and everything like that. We just wanted to combine the two a bit – the bits we love from dance music and the bits we love from traditional songwriting. There were a lot of misses, a lot of things we tried and didn’t work, but it really opens up – you can explore any kind of genre, that’s the most exciting bit about being in this band. You can go anywhere you want – you’re not limited by the instruments you have on stage, you have an infinite choice of sounds and choice of vibe and atmospheres. The possibilities of electronic music are endless. Ones To Watch: So how would you describe where you ended up with Song & Dance? How did that concept come together? Digby-Bell: Well the album is the product of years of work, and some of which was done just before the album session. I demo-ed “Underworld” two weeks before we went in and thankfully we all pushed it through. And there are other songs that we wrote years before. It’s really snapshots from all kinds of bits of our lives. “Push It“ is on there in the middle of the album, which is the first song we put together as a five-piece. We just put a four-four on loop and just jammed on that for literally weeks and then ended up with a seven minute song that sounded like it’s being jammed live. Then we wanted the album to have different moods and different characters to it: to be really lonely at times and be really content at times, then have moments of tension and release in them. Moments that were sumptuous. We got a wonderful string quartet to come play with us. I think the one thing we’re keen on is to have a real variety and breadth on an album. We wanted an album that could have really small, intimate moments and sort of a much bigger electronic sound. So like any album, I think it’s got to have its various moods and peaks and drops that makes it a work as a whole rather than just a collection of songs. Ones To Watch: What’s your aim with your live shows? Particularly playing with electronics, it’s hard for it to come across as particularly live sometimes. We’ve tried to make it as live and exciting as possible, and be kind of banding, do you know what I mean - and be more. Maybe on record it’s more a half and half thing, but certainly live we want it to feel like there’s a lot of synergy; we do a lot of live looping. Ones To Watch: So a lot of live collaborating. Digby-Bell: Yeah, and exploring bits of songs and taking it to different places you couldn’t on a record, and blending it together kind of like a DJ. Ones To Watch: Your voice has been compared to Thom Yorke’s a lot, which is obviously a compliment, but do you fear being pinned to just, say, Radiohead? Digby-Bell: We do get that a lot, and we can’t deny we’re fans… it’s only a compliment I guess. I sing, and that’s just the way I sing. So I can’t really help if people draw that comparison. And in general I suppose it’s not like we’re an indie band that sounds like so many other indie bands. It’s just our aim is trying to do something different if we can. I don’t really think about it much, to be honest. We’re just very keen to take our time. I think we’ve gotten to a place now where we can write really quickly and we feel our live show’s the best we’ve been. And I think it’s good to let it brew and ruminate. Ones To Watch: Are you excited for Culture Collide? Digby-Bell: So excited, I need to get over my jetlag. Looking forward to it. For more on Duologue, we’ll be covering them and other new artists at this weekend’s Culture Collide Festival. Follow us @Onestowatch for live coverage and photos!
January 30, 2014 Listen to Duologue's bonus track from their debut, Song & Dance.